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Renowned Iranian Lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani Arrested Today

September 10, 2011

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Persian2English — Renowned Iranian lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani was arrested today. Reliable sources inside Iran have told Persian2English that he was arrested outside the Revolutionary Court.

His wife Masoumeh Dehghan announced the arrest to BBC. She said, “Today at 1:30pm Mr. Soltani and four [regime agents] came into the house, went to his bedroom, and took any cd’s, papers, or documents they could find. When we protested and explained the documents belong to the children, they didn’t listen and even took my children’s lap top with them.”

Masoumeh Dehghan said that the four [regime agents] remained in her home for a few hours. “The four [regime agents] left the house along with Mr. Soltani at 4:00pm and I am not sure where they took my husband. We were told to refer to the court to get our possessions returned to us,” she added.


(Courtesy of Amnesty International)

Abdolfattah Soltani was arrested at his office in central Tehran, at around four in the afternoon, on 16 June (2009) by four plain-clothed security officials. The officials, who did not have a search warrant; a summons or arrest warrant, carried out a search of his office. They confiscated his files, his briefcase; his computers and his mobile phone before taking him away.

Abdolfattah Soltani is a member of the Centre for Human Rights Defenders (CHRD), which Nobel Peace Prize laureate, Shirin Ebadi and many other leading human rights activists founded in 2002. It was forcibly closed in December 2008 shortly before the centre was to hold an event commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The CHRD, whose members continue to work under the name of the centre, has three stated roles: reporting violations of human rights in Iran; providing free legal representation to political prisoners; and supporting the families of political prisoners.

Abdolfattah Soltani wanted to stand for election to the Central Bar Association’s Board in 2008, but his candidacy was rejected on grounds of “unsuitability”.

Abdolfattah was arrested in 2005 and spend 219 days in detention, of which 43 were in solitary confinement. In 2006 he was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment for ‘disclosing confidential documents’, for which he received a sentence of four years; and one year’s imprisonment for ‘propaganda against the system’. On 28 May 2007, he was acquitted of all charges brought against him since his arrest in July 2005. Since then he has been banned from travelling outside Iran, including in order to collect awards in recognition of his human rights work.


عبدالفتاح سلطانی بازداشت شد

عبدالفتاح سلطانی، وکیل ایرانی، امروز شنبه ۱۹ شهریورماه بازداشت شد.

معصومه دهقان، همسر آقای سلطانی با اعلام خبر بازداشت او به بی بی سی فارسی گفت: “امروز ساعت یک و نیم بعد از ظهر آقای سلطانی به همراه چهار نفر وارد خانه شدند و در داخل اتاق او هر چه سی دی و کاغذ و مدارک بود برداشتند؛ وقتی هم اعتراض کردیم اینها مدارک بچه‌‎ها است، گوش ندادند و حتی لپ تاپ فرزندانم را هم با خود بردند”.

خانم دهقان با اشاره به اینکه این افراد چندین ساعت در منزل او بودند گفت: “مأموران حدود ساعت چهار منزل را به همراه آقای سلطانی ترک کردند و نمی دانم همسرم را به کجا برده اند. ولی گفتند که برای پی گیری پس گرفتن وسیله ها به دادسرا مراجعه کنیم.”

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